Swedish radio station Skärgårdsradion 90,2 made its first broadcast from the Swiss Alps using RCS playout software Zetta. Skärgårdsradion is a local radio station in Stockholm that specializes in outdoor living. Skärgårdsradion broadcasting from the heart of Stockholm and in the summertime the Stockholm archipelago. Skärgårdsradion broadcasts on FM on 90,2 and 91,7 Mhz and the is one of the first local stations in Sweden broadcasting on digital radio Dab+. Listeners can also find the channel on the web at www.skargardsradion.se
Station Manager Martin Loogna explains the Alpine experience: “We decided to move all our broadcasts for two weeks from our studio in Stockholm to a small Alp village called Engelberg in Switzerland. Many of our Swedish listeners go there for their skiing in the wintertime and we wanted to be there. During this period we broadcast all of our programs from a hotel reception area talking to people and interviewing guests. By using our RCS Zetta playout system, we only brought one of our desktop computers and a small portable studio and connected it to an ordinary 10 Mb internet line. With Zetta we didn’t need a board operator in our home studio and saved a lot of money and time. All our events and soundbits from Sweden came up automatically in the logs including news, weather and traffic.
Loogna continues, “The only problem we had when we arrived after a bumpy flight was with a sound and video card hanging loose. But this was easily fixed and the system worked perfect feeling exactly the same as broadcasting in our ordinary studio. After this successful broadcast we’re now planning to do a ten day remote broadcast again using RCS Zetta from the Stockholm exhibition hall in March.” Marting Loogna added, “This summer we’re moving our main studio out to an Island in the Stockholm Archipelago called Sandhamn and will be broadcasting remotely for two months. We are using Zetta and GSelector because it works perfectly!”